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Ole Miss vs. Auburn - 10/20/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Auburn Tigers (4-3) at Ole Miss Rebels (5-2)
Date & Time Saturday October 20, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Ole Miss Rebels +2.5 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Auburn Tigers (4-3) at Ole Miss Rebels (5-2)
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The Auburn Tigers and the Ole Miss Rebels meet in week 8 SEC conference college football action from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Auburn Tigers are in dire need of a win after back-to-back losses, following a 30-24 loss to Tennessee in their last outing. Jarrett Stidham has thrown for for 1,499 yards, 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 60.6% passing this season, while JaTarvious Whitlow has rushed for 456 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. Ryan Davis has an Auburn-high 36 receptions for 309 yards while Anthony Schwartz and Seth Williams each have 2 TDs this season. As a team, Auburn is averaging 376.1 yards of total offense and 28 points per game this season.

The Ole Miss Rebels will look to build on back-to-back wins, including a 37-33 come from behind win over Arkansas in their last outing. Jordan Ta’amu has thrown for 2,298 yards, 15 touchdowns and 5 picks on 65.8% passing while also rushing for 4 touchdowns as well. Scottie Phillips leads the Rebels with 723 rushing yards and 9 TDs, while A.J. Brown has 650 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns and a team-high 50 catches. D.K. Metcalf has 5 receiving touchdowns and 569 yards, while DaMarkus Lodge has 466 receiving yards and 35 catches. As a team, Ole Miss is averaging the 5th-most total yardage and 4th-most passing yardage per game with 550.9 yards and 353.1 passing yards per game along with 41.6 points per game this season. 

Auburn is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 13-4-1 in their last 18 games following a loss. Ole Miss is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 12-3 in their last 15 home games. Auburn is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams at Ole Miss.

Outside of their 63 points against Alabama State and 34 points against an Arkansas team that is 1-6 SU and the worst in the SEC, Auburn hasn’t put up more than 24 points in any of their other five games this season. The defense has been good, but offensive numbers like those won’t cut it against an Ole Miss team that can light up the scoreboard on any given day. The talent is there for Auburn, it just seems like the Tigers are struggling to put it all together. Ole Miss didn’t look great against Arkansas but they did rally to get the win and should have some momentum after that. I’ll side with Ole Miss at home in this one.

Ole Miss +2.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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